Rishi's 13th birthday in New York City!

For a few years i'd been telling Rishi that i'd take him to New York. One evening I decided this was the year so I went out and booked it... A few days before his 13th birthday we let him open one of his cards and inside was a New York itinerary - he got the shock of his life...

Rishi taking a good look at his custom made card (made by his mum of course!)

Tears of joy!

A happy 12 year old couldn't believe it!

We were all set for the big trip...

It was a 3am start the following day...a few hours later and we were @ Heathrow...

Check in done...

UA923 ready to board...

Ma' homebwoy'

You can just about see an Emirates A380 in the background...

Bye bye UK...

Time to relax @ 33,000 feet!

Our journey across the Atlantic

Just under 7 hours later and we were minutes from landing in New York City. In the distance you can see Manhattan...

We were in the USA..

From the airport it was a train and then the subway to our hotel in Long Island City...

Having checked into our hotel we headed straight out...

First stop was the famous Empire State Building. This picture was taken at ground level and as expected was very busy....time to get to the top...

We took lots of "selfies!"

We walked up some of the way...

We were there! The 360 views were wicked...

Rishi took some great pictures on his iPod

Panoramic New York City

Looking downtown - the tall building is the Freedom Tower

The weather was brilliant and we could see for miles...

View of the Empire State Building from the street

The famous Fifth Avenue

Busted...

The sign says it all....

In the middle of this urban cityscape was a chill out park!

Up next was Time Square

Can you spot Rishi?

The next morning we made our way to Ferry terminal to catch our ride to the Statue Of Liberty...

Rishi's first view of the Statue Of Liberty. When you see it for the first time it does look much smaller than on TV!

We had pre purchased our Liberty tickets so smiled as we walked past most of the people in the queue!

All aboard...

The Freedom Tower and Manhattan in the distance...

Rishi couldn't keep his mouth shut!

My brejrin...

New York - one of the best cities in the world and made more special because I was with my boy...

What's up'

The lady up close

Great picture...

This one isn't too bad either!

Time to head back to the mainland

Next on our list was Ground Zero... Rishi standing in front of the Freedom Tower which was one of several new buildings built in the aftermath of 9/11...

The whole area has different tributes to those who lost their lives...

Even now, the whole area has very strict security as you can see in the above picture which shows this chap checking if the truck has anything strapped underneath it...

Ladder 10 - one of the most famous fire engine and fire departments in NYC

The 9/11 tribute centre...

The flag in the background was being hand painted...

 

In my previous 3 visits to New York i'd never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Not wanting to miss this opportunity we headed straight there...

Interesting building...

It was quite weird actually walking across one of the most famous bridges in the world...

All along the bridge was lots of locks. Apparently people leave them as a symbol of their love - a sort of "love lockdown". Trust me, there were 1000's of them as well as many more thousands of signatures...

Me and my homie'

I love black and white pictures. Rishi on Brooklyn Bridge...

We were now in Brooklyn and the views of NYC were amazing...

It had been a long day so time to get back onto the subway and head back to our hotel

 

New York meant donuts and it had to be Dunkin...

Nice!

Really nice!

 

NYC had tired him out...

Up early the next morning, time to grab a coffee and back into NYC

Central Park

The weather was perfect for a good stroll...

Central Park is right in the middle of this great city

Back to Times Square

The place was packed

 

*** It's my birthday - I turned 13 in New York City ***

The teenager hops onto the train

Recognise this place? Grand Central Station; location of many famous movies...

Rishi - I think he was in Gangham style mode here!

If you're into your architecture you'll love this place...

...meanwhile upstairs Apple had taken over!

We tried to book a table here @ Hard Rock but there was a 2 hour wait!

This man had something to say!

 

Back in our hotel, we used Facetime to speak to Jai & Sunita!

M & M Jai!

On our final day in New York we headed to the Microsoft Store to pick up a tablet for a friend..

Rishi got hooked on the X Box!

Outside the Lincoln Centre (or Center!)

 

A real American diner? You bet....

Oreo milkshake - tasty!

Back on the street, Rishi had found the NYPD...

Want some cake boss?

Another cool building

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We are here!

We were now back on the train heading towards the airport.

Our ride home

Rishi decided to run up and down the airport!

Last view of NYC and were on our way home!

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